In the wake of recent news about corona virus (COVID-19) in Seattle, WA, I’ve been dreading the announcement that just came in via e-mail and social media. In-person attendance at the 2020 MVP Summit has been cancelled. I just got an email from MVP event management that “due to health concerns for our Windows Insider MVPs, MVPs, and our Microsoft employees the very difficult decision was made to cancel the in-person portion of the MVP Summit.” Instead, invitees — including yours truly — can now look forward to “a virtual experience for you all as an alternative.”
Eminently Sensible, But Also Disappointing
This year, I’d purchased plane tickets for my family to come along for the trip because my 16-year-old son is off on Spring Break the same week as the conference. Now, that won’t be happening. Of course, we’re all a little disappointed, but it makes sense given the current situation. As another MVP observed in our private forum, it’s not so much the exposure to the virus that really gives one pause. Rather, it’s the legal requirement to put exposed persons into quarantine for 14 days after possible exposure that really poses a threat to the attendees, MS employees, and their families and loved ones. Better luck next, year, I guess.
This weekend, we sent home my mother-in-law and my wife’s old school chum and her husband and daughter, all of whom had been visiting from Germany for the week. There, the stores have been literally cleaned out (they showed us pictures of Aldi and Lidl supermarkets with totally bare shelves) because of corona virus induced buying frenzy. I’m happy to report they made it home OK with no ill effects. Who knows what’s going to happen in the next couple of weeks. All I can say is: so far, I see no cause for panic, though one should always be careful when traveling.
And that’s how things go here sometimes in Windows-World. I must say I’m looking forward to what kind of virtual event I can expect. I will miss the chance to rub shoulders with the MS folks — especially the various Windows 10 development teams — and my fellow Windows Insider (and other) MVPs. But life will go on, and we will get through this as best we can. Cheers!
Author: Ed Tittel
Ed Tittel is a 30-plus-year computer industry veteran. He’s a Princeton and multiple University of Texas graduate who’s worked in IT since 1981 when he started his first programming job. Over the past three decades he’s also worked as a manager, technical evangelist, consultant, trainer, and an expert witness. See his professional bio for all the details.